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Adjournment of the House (21 May 1997)

Ms Lorna Fitzsimons: change the cycle of despair. On some of our estates—the Kirkholt estate, to name one—there is now much hope. Everyone might think that The Sun or Alastair Campbell coined the phrase, "The Blair babes". Rochdale would like to think that it got there first, because we have a group of women called the Brimrod babes. They do not know that I am mentioning them in my maiden speech. Much...

Public Accounts (20 Nov 1997)

Marsha Singh: ...throughout the country, for which I am grateful. I must tell hon. Members the truth: I am not the first Asian woman to enter the House. I am not even a woman Member of Parliament. I am not one of Blair's babes—although I hope that that is not too much of a disadvantage at the outset of my parliamentary career. I also hope, Mr. Deputy Speaker, not to make the mistake that others have...

Orders of the Day — Bank of England Bill: ROLE OF TREASURY COMMITTEE IN APPOINTMENTS UNDER SECTION 13(2)(c) (22 Jan 1998)

Fiona Jones: ...journalists, and the occasional lapse in attention to fact on the part of most newspapers, I still had not expected the accusation in question. Having endured through gritted teeth being dubbed a "Blair's babe", I am grateful at least to have the opportunity to relinquish for ever the title of being the last virgin in the House. However, a right hon. or hon. Member who has hitherto...

Orders of the Day — House of Lords Bill (1 Feb 1999)

Liam Fox: lasted for 80 years; that is, they will survive if they are good girls and boys and if they have the intellectual rigour, independence of mind and parliamentary tenacity of the so-called Blair babes.

Road Traffic (NHS Charges) Bill: Women (8 Mar 1999)

Mrs Virginia Bottomley: ...which stated: Bringing more women into Parliament is, of course, an achievement in itself— I pay credit to it. The editorial continueed: But there is not yet much sign that the advent of Blair's babes represents a decisive breakthrough for female politicians… Because Mr. Blair has made it brutally clear that Labour back-benchers are expected to toe the line set by the party leadership,...

Council Tax Increases (22 Mar 1999)

Simon Burns: ..., 10.7 per cent.; and Telford and Wrekin, 9.5 per cent. So much for the Deputy Prime Minister's statement last December and his forecasting skills. It is no wonder that no one outside Millbank and Blair's on-message babes thinks that this is the best deal for local people for years. Will the settlement, which the Government claim is so wonderful, enhance local services? Sadly, the...

Oral Answers to Questions — Social Security: Severe Disablement Allowance (24 May 1999)

Theresa May: As another female Conservative Member of Parliament, may I point out to the Minister how pleased I am to do something that too many of the Blair babes hardly ever do—stand up for disabled people and women? The Minister responded rather coyly to my hon. Friend the Member for Mid-Dorset and North Poole (Mr. Fraser), saying that there had been something of a disagreement between the former...

Opposition Day: Health Care (20 Jul 1999)

Liam Fox: I have read a lot in the newspapers about the simplicity of the so-called Blair babes, but I have never heard the case better put. One of the major problems facing us at present is compounding the drop in doctors' morale. In difficult times in the NHS, doctors and nurses used to be able to console themselves that no matter what resources they had to work with, they could properly prioritise...

Orders of the Day — Trade and Industry and Social Security (19 Nov 1999)

Linda Gilroy: I join those who have expressed good wishes to my right hon. Friend the Prime Minister and Cherie on the announcement of an addition to their family. I suspect that the phrase "Blair's babes" will never have quite the same meaning again. I had the great pleasure of visiting Downing street yesterday with three young constituents—Kerrie, Stacey and Frederick, from Hyde Park junior...

Orders of the Day — Royal Parks (Trading) Bill and Television Licences (Disclosure of Information) Bill (Allocation of Time): Supplemental orders (22 May 2000)

Michael Fabricant: The hon. Gentleman raises an interesting point. When I came into the House in 1992, I was bewildered by this place. I had come from industry, and I was not a Blair babe. I was a Major man, and I tended to vote with the Government. Rarely did I question the Government. I have to say that I am enjoying myself a darn sight more now that I am able to think for myself in opposition. I had my...

Orders of the Day — Adjournment (Whitsun) (25 May 2000)

Mark Oaten: ...MPs, who are said to be fed up with the working hours. I believe that there is cross-party disquiet among hon Members of both sexes. If male Members do not argue the point, it will be said that the Blair babes are revolting on the issue when concern goes much wider. Much time has been spent studying why the electorate are turned off politics. In the mayoral and local council election a...

Opposition Day 15TH ALLOTTED DAY: National Health Service (29 Jun 2000)

Simon Burns: I hope that the hon. Member for South Swindon (Ms Drown) will forgive me if I do not take up her remarks, except to say that having heard them I now fully understand the meaning of the expression "Blair's babe". I congratulate my hon. Friend the Member for Woodspring (Dr. Fox) on raising this important issue for debate. First, I shall take up the point made by my right hon. Friend the Member...

Women's Representation in UK Politics (2 Oct 2000)

Lord MacKay of Ardbrecknish: My Lords, before the noble Baroness preens herself too much on her party's 101 Blair babes, perhaps I may remind her--and does she not agree?--that the first lady Leader of this House was my noble friend Lady Young on the Conservative side and the first lady Prime Minister of this country, and indeed the only one to date, was my noble friend Lady Thatcher. Perhaps she can tell me when she...

Select Committees and the Executive (9 Nov 2000)

Sir Peter Emery: ...charm and raises temperatures by only a very small amount, made a charming and delightful speech, but it did not add up to a row of beans. I have another minor criticism to make. Where are all the Blair babes today? I see only two or three ladies in the House.

Address in Reply to Her Majesty's Most Gracious Speech (13 Dec 2000)

Lord Waddington: ...advantages to a child of being brought up in a loving family. I hoped that the Government would bring forward proposals in the Queen's Speech which could play a part in strengthening the family. Mr Blair is a family man and must know that children of parents bound by their marriage vows to a lasting relationship are far more likely to have a stable upbringing and to get a good start in...

Orders of the Day — Budget Resolutions and Economic Situation (13 Mar 2001)

Kenneth Clarke: ...Rushcliffe once more. If they do me the honour of returning me to this House, I shall miss the contribution of the two right hon. Gentlemen and the chance to debate with them. Neither of them are Blair's babes and they do not use the sillier slogans to describe economic policy to which we have become accustomed in the House. Also, they do not use too many of the extremely dodgy figures...

Rail Investment (1 May 2001)

Mr Peter Snape: I am condemned now. Would the hon. Gentleman prefer us all to be obedient Blair babes, or should we speak our minds?

Address in Reply to Her Majesty's Most Gracious Speech (20 Jun 2001)

Lord Strathclyde: ...Prime Minister? He is in danger of going down in history as John Prescott's right hand, but how much more subtle is the right hand than Mr Prescott's left? If the 1997 Parliament was that of the "Blair Babes", the 2001 Parliament looks increasingly like being the Parliament of the "Blair Barons". We have even seen the Appointments Commission set aside, and the noble Baroness, Lady Morgan,...

Public Services (21 Jun 2001)

Peter Kilfoyle: ...was voted the best dressed MP--I appreciate that that is not something to which I could ever aspire--but when she first came into the Chamber her vivid red clothes reminded me terribly of the Blair babes, as they were known. Perhaps my eyes are going. I am sure that she is immensely proud to represent a beautiful part of Thomas Hardy country. Her constituency is an excellent part of our...

Women Members of Parliament (9 Jul 2001)

Baroness Uddin: ...accused of lacking sisterhood. Anyone with an idea about politics should know that brotherhood is left at St Stephen's Gate. So I ask: why are there different standards for women? The concept of "Blair's Babes" has become a casual insult to 101 new British legislators. Noble Lords may have noticed the number of exchanges since 1997, particularly between journalists, about the effectiveness...

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